A picture posted to Facebook on March 13 shows a former Idaho police union president and his wife eating well after tens of thousands of dollars were discovered missing from a Boise police union lodge.
The money was discovered missing in January, which was when Boise police officer Mark Furniss was asked to step down as union president. His wife, Sara, who was office manager for the union lodge, also stepped down.
On Friday, they were both charged with grand theft and booked into the Ada County jail by Meridian police, accused of stealing the money from Fraternal Order of Police Valley Lodge #11.
Both have since been released on bond.
Police haven’t release the amount of money allegedly stolen by the duo, but current union president, Joe Andreoli, said tens of thousands of dollars that went missing were ultimately linked to the couple.
Andreoli said that about a dozen new processes were put into place after the investigators made the discovers in order to protect union members from theft in the future.
The group says it now conducts quarterly audits of its finances plus an annual audit by an outside firm. Now all expenditures made by the union will go through a voucher process that requires signatures from two board members.
In January, after discovering the theft, the evidence Boise internal investigators used to come to their finding was handed over to the Meridian Police Department and the Boise Police Department’s Internal Affairs office.
Boise and Meridian police turned the investigation over to Nampa police over concerns about conflict of interest.
Mark Furniss previously worked for the Garden City Police Department after being hired from the Ada County Jail.
Mark and Sara Furniss are scheduled for their first court appearance on December 5.